EIA: Improved Efficiency Has Largely Offset Energy Usage of More, Larger Homes

February 23rd, 2015 by Editor

A new report is out and the verdict is in: energy efficiency efforts in homes are making a huge difference.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) new “Today in Energy” proclaims U.S. homes are more energy efficient, even though the average new home is bigger.

“The growth in residential energy use has slowed to below the rate of household growth, meaning that per-household energy consumption has decreased,” according to an administration statement. “Analysis of EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) conducted since 1980 shows how improvements in energy efficiency reduced energy intensity enough to offset more than 70 percent of the growth in both the number of households and the size of dwellings.”

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Drivers of Household Energy Consumption

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Drivers of Household Energy Consumption

 

The full brief can be viewed here, and questions can be sent to Behjat Hojjati at Behjat.Hojjati@eia.gov

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